De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) are proudly getting on board with Student Volunteering Week (SVW) 2017, and we’re hoping to get more De Montfort University (DMU) students involved than ever before!
The week this year runs from Monday 20 to Monday 27 February and will see students’ unions, universities and voluntary organisations come together to celebrate how a little volunteering can make a big difference to the local community and beyond.
Throughout the week, we’ll be showcasing the amazing work DMU student volunteers do, whilst also highlighting new and exciting volunteering opportunities across the city.
In addition, DSU have also arranged loads of one-off volunteering activities throughout the week. From sexual health kit packing, to gardening, to painting a community centre – there’s loads to get involved in.
You could even spend a night out on the Campus Centre steps raising awareness of homelessness and raising money for Action Homeless in our annual Sponsored Sleep Out.
Or maybe fancy finding out more about the charities DSU helps or getting involved with longer term volunteering? We’re also putting on a 'Meet the Charities' event during the week.
Student Volunteering Week 2017 takes places across the UK. Find out more about what's happening nationally here!
Ahtesham Mahmood, VP Student Activities at DSU, hopes to get more DMU students than ever before involved with the week’s events.
He said: “I love this week and everything that it stands for, and I want to see as many DMU students involved as possible.
“Student Volunteering Week is our flagship week to be the main engine in our student body’s efforts to volunteer and find out all the different opportunities that they can engage with, and how this really translates into benefit for students and the wider community.
“For example, over the last complete academic year we saw our volunteers put the equivalent of almost £173,000 into the local community.”
You can read more about the impact DSU’s volunteers have here.
Ahtesham continued: “For me, I’ve been volunteering all my life – from being a prefect at school up to being a Course Rep and a student trustee.
“As for SVW, Post Pals is something that I can’t wait to get involved with and I’ll also be at the sleep out.
“My message to students is; be brave with your volunteering! You owe it to yourself to find out what Student Volunteering is about…and after this week everything that we have to offer!”
You can see the full list of opportunities, and sign up to get involved, on our dedicated SVW events page here.
You’ll also be able to read about the big impacts DMU students are already making in the local community through volunteering on the SVW hub here.
DSU's Officer Team – including VP Welfare and Community Keira Rounsley – will be taking part in SVW 2017 events at DMU.